Ester Elizabeth Ford

9 June 1829–15 December 1907 (Age 78)
Columbus, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ester Elizabeth

When Ester Elizabeth Ford was born on 9 June 1829, in Columbus, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States, her father, Johnathan Ford, was 28 and her mother, Rachael Robertson (Robinson), was 23. She married Warham Eugene Whedon on 5 April 1846, in Marion, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Utah, Utah Territory, United States in 1850 and San Juan Judicial Township, Monterey, California, United States in 1860. She died on 15 December 1907, in Soquel, Santa Cruz, California, United States, at the age of 78.

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Warham Eugene Whedon
Ester Elizabeth Ford
Marriage: 5 April 1846
Maria Jane Whedon
Lucien Whedon
Warham Edwin Wheaton
Emma Wheaton
Elizabeth E Wheaton
Eva A. Wheaton

Spouse and Children

5 April 1846
Marion, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 1

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 21

The state known as Utah began when Brigham Young led a group of LDS pilgrims seeking freedom from religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they established a settlement in 1847. The golden spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx of settlers.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford, Middle English, Old English ford, or a habitational name from one of the many places named with this word, such as Ford in Northumberland, Shropshire, and West Sussex, or Forde in Dorset.2 Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names, for example Mac Giolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na Naomh ’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha ’ (a personal name composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin ( see Foran ).3 Jewish: Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Hester E Wheaton in household of Warahm Wheaton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elizabeth Adams in household of Charles S Adams, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elizabeth Nidever in household of Rachael Spafford, "United States Census, 1870"

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